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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Jan 14, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    He was a very good teacher that took his time and always wanted to make sure that his students understood the information. He always gave extra work to help prepare us for his exams which gave much confidence in a lot of the students.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the basics about chemistry which is valuable information for anyone to know certain things that could come up one day. The basic things about science that I had not remembered where taught again that you use in everyday life which was good for me to relearn.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you study everyday and go over all of your notes from class before class to stay caught up. There will always be new information every time that is given to you and most of it will be hard at first. Keep practicing it over and over again and go to office hours. That will really help to get any help you can.

    • Fall 2017
    • Jack Eichler
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it introduces students to basic chemistry concepts and develops a scientific mindset. The course work and exams are challenging, but rewarding, and ensure that you learn the concepts well. The textbook used in the course uses an atom-based approach, which is useful in this fundamental course.

    Course highlights:

    Concepts covered in this course include: the structure of the atom and the history behind these discoveries, the nature of light and matter and the experiments behind these discoveries, structures and properties of liquids and solids.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Keeping updated on the reading before going to lecture is critical to success in this course. The professor goes further in discussing some topics than the textbook does, so to keep up with this, you must at least have a background knowledge. I'd also recommend printing out the PowerPoint lecture slides before going to lecture. Finally, try to find an efficient method to integrate the things you've read with the discussions in the lecture.

    • Fall 2015
    • Chronister,E
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 12, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I think this class was just an ordinary class for me. I didn't feel like I loved the class nor did I exactly hate it. It was just another class I had to get through. The Professor for me didn't seem too excited to teach the class, although he did teach it effectively, I would have appreciated a bit more effort in his teaching.

    Course highlights:

    I don't know if there were any highlights about the course specifically, but I did meet some new people through this class and that was something that only happen through this course this quarter. I did learn quite a bit about chemistry and specifically a lot about atoms and their bonds.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure the read the book thoroughly and repeatably. You will probably learn most of the information through the book because during lecture Harman goes over core concepts or main ideas.

    • Fall 2016
    • W. Hill Harman
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates

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